Hi All, I just found this community and I am so excited because I am hoping I can finally get some guidance for how to get the help I need.
Here's my situation. I had asthma as a kid and sort of grew out of it starting in my late teens. The biggest environmental change at that time is that I moved out of my moms house and no longer lived with smokers, yay me! So, for years I did well, no problems to speak of. Some time a year or so before my last pregnancy (child 3, aaaand were done!) I started having tightness in my chest. I started taking symbicort and albuterol and that seemed to help. But then pregnancy and much worse asthma and far fewer safe treatment options. Since then I have been dealing with tighness in my chest, pretty much always. It is worse in the spring and fall. Got an allergy test done, and woah nelly, yeah I have some pretty bad allergies. But alas, I couldn't afford the treatment so I had to do without. (maybe next year I can start tho.)
So now, I currently take Zyrtec daily and I am supposed to take my Flovent every day but it makes me worse so I don't (symbicort started making me feel tighter too). My albuterol doen't work at all most of the time, unless its a much worse attack. I only this year learned that the tightness I feel a lot is an attack, call me silly but I am just realizing that where it comes to my asthma, well, I am just completely clueless.
So the problem, lately I have been trying to get a decent (preventative measures) asthma control plan but every time I explain to my doctors how I wake up every morning and can barley take in a full breath because of the feeling of tight rubberbands around my chest, and how I feel like I have a toddler standing on my chest most of the time the most they do is listen and say "well, your lungs sound perfectly clear, no wheezing. Just take your Zyrtec and keep taking your inhalers, you'll be fine." But the inhalers don't work for me and it is as if they don't believe I am feeling tightness in my chest.
I had a breathing treatment once, at the hospital, with something in it that worked great. So far, it's the only thing that really helped. Does Atrivent sound right?
Anyway, I could really use some guidance here. What kind of doctor should I be seeing for this? Am I crazy when I feel like my flovent and symbicort made me feel tighter in the chest? I am so tired of feeling sick and tired. I have no idea what to do or who to ask for help.
Thanks for any input/support anyone can offer. AniView Thread
Thank you for the helpful information and support. My current allergist was very clear that they will not treat me unless I pay up front so I will have to wait until next year, and they don't specialize in asthma treatment so I am not sure why I was told to go there since my questions were about asthma. However, I did make an appointment today with a new allergist who specializes in Asthma. I wasn't going to but after reading your post I feel like I have a better idea of what I need to do, learn, and ask. It's interesting, what you mentioned about reflux, you guessed right on. I have GERD and my Asthma was in fact much worse before they diagnosed me and put me on meds for that. Also, I am glad you mentioned your thoughts on pulmonologists, the last thing I need is a doctor who just wants to throw the latest sample at me and call me fixed.
Anyway, have a great day, and thanks again for the information.View Thread